10th December 2020


1.     PURPOSE:


1.1.   The Department of Higher Education (JPT) issued a circular (Ref: JPT (BEM) 1000/016/046 JLD.17 (14) dated 4th September 2020 highlighting improvements to the policies and management of international students in Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia.

1.2.   The circular from the JPT outlined the implementation of several proposals and initiatives to improve the policies and management of international students at all Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia as agreed in a Cabinet Meeting dated 8th November 2019.

1.3.   The Department of Higher Education (JPT) has now issued a new directive (Ref: JPT(BEM) on 8th December 2020 to postpone the implementation of several items due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation that is affecting the welfare of international students. This decision was based on the discussion led by JPT with representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Immigration Department of Malaysia (IMI) and EMGS to review all the approved improvement proposals.


1.4.   The improvement initiatives that will be postponed until further notice is as stated below:

·       Diversifying evidence of student’s self-sufficiency for dependent pass application;

·       Permission for children or dependents of Diplomats to use Diplomatic Passports / Official Passports to apply for a student pass;

·       Issuance of One-Off Student Pass based on the entire course duration without being capped to a maximum period of 3 years; and

·       Permission for foreign government officials working in Malaysia to further their studies using Diplomatic Passports / Official Passports.




Education Malaysia Global Services

10th December 2020

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.